Dr. Norhayati Zakaria
Dr. Norhayati Zakaria is an Associate Professor in the School of International Studies at the College of Law, Government, and International Studies at Universiti Utara Malaysia. Dr. Zakaria earned her PhD in Information Science and Technology and MPhil. of Information Transfer, both at Syracuse University, and her MSc. Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Her research expertise combines several interdisciplinary fields, including cross-cultural management, international business, and computer-mediated communication technology. For more than a decade, Dr. Zakaria has established international research collaborations with global scholars from the United States, Japan, and Canada, and obtained an international research grant from the Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development. Since 2006, she has served as a Senior Research Faculty Associate at the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO), where she led projects using global virtual teams. Additionally, she has worked at two universities in the Gulf region for four years -- University of Wollongong in Dubai and Saudi Electronic University in Riyadh. Hence, being trained in the Western educational system, actively engaged in international research collaborations and grants, and exposed to the Middle Eastern teaching and learning culture, Dr. Zakaria has developed eminent cross-cultural competencies with vast global experiences.